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  • Afghan pact signed amid questions on Iraq pullout

    54 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact Tuesday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year's end, aiming to prevent the country from descending into the kind of chaos that has plagued Iraq ...

  • Deportation of minors won't stop during lawsuit

    1 hour, 1 minute ago

    (AP) SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle isn't stopping the deportation proceedings of eight minors suing the federal government over legal representation. U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly denied a preliminary injunction that was sought by the minors' lawyers, saying ...

  • Review panel: Wis. rep likely broke House rules

    1 hour, 6 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional review panel says there is substantial reason to believe that veteran Wisconsin Rep. Tom Petri violated House rules by acting on behalf of two companies in which he owned significant amounts of stock. The independent ...

  • Accused White House intruder indicted

    1 hour, 22 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez has been indicted on federal and local charges for allegedly intruding into the presidential mansion armed with a folding knife. A three-count indictment accuses the Army veteran of unlawfully entering ...

  • Court reviews contractor political donations

    2 hours, 13 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of 11 appeals court judges seems reluctant to overturn a ban on contractors donating money to federal elections, a prohibition that has been on the books for 70 years. The judges heard arguments Tuesday in ...

  • Refugee plan aimed at Central American minors

    2 hours, 31 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Under the program, ...

  • Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon

    3 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to fulfill ...

  • White House urges Secret Service to release probe

    4 hours, 27 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's spokesman is urging the Secret Service to release results of its investigation into a White House intrusion as soon as possible. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says there is legitimate public interest into ...

  • Weather service storm forecasts get more localized

    4 hours, 31 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Weather Service can now give better, faster and more pinpointed severe weather forecasts because of new computer simulations. The weather service on Tuesday started using a new high resolution computer model that officials say will ...

  • Savvy Utah lawmaker leads GOP on Secret Service

    5 hours, 4 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The night before Tuesday's congressional hearing on the White House break-in, bombshell news broke: The intruder had made it much farther into the executive mansion than previously known. Suspense surrounding the high-profile hearing was heightened. And one ...

  • Secret Service: Internal investigation is ongoing

    5 hours, 32 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says even 11 days after an Army veteran jumped the fence and burst into the White House, she still hasn't concluded why officers and agents failed to follow security rules. Testifying on ...

  • Secret Service: White House intruder posed threat

    5 hours, 52 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged to Congress that an Army veteran who jumped the White House fence and made his way into the executive mansion was a threat. Pierson said, "I think Mr. Gonzalez coming into ...

  • Dem lawmaker: Low confidence in Secret Service

    6 hours, 5 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch says he has very low confidence in Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's ability to protect the White House. Lynch says he wishes Pierson would protect the White House the way she is ...

  • Secret Service allowed to shoot WH intruders

    6 hours, 45 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says officers and agents are allowed to use "lethal force" to stop someone from getting into the White House. Pierson was not clear about whether the Secret Service is authorized to shoot ...

  • White House front door now locks automatically

    7 hours, 3 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the front door to the White House now locks automatically in a security breach. Pierson told a House panel that the switch to automatic locks at the White House's north door ...

  • Secret Service: Use of force being reviewed

    7 hours, 24 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the agency's security plan to protect the White House was not properly executed when an Army veteran with a knife jumped the fence and made his way well into the executive ...

  • Secret Service boss vows no repeat of breach

    7 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson vows that a security breach like the Sept. 19 incident in which a man scaled the White House fence and made his way well into the executive mansion will never happen again. ...

  • Secret Service director says it's clear White House security plan was not properly executed

    7 hours, 41 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service director says it's clear White House security plan was not properly executed.

  • Secret Service head takes onus for WH breach

    7 hours, 45 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said Tuesday she takes full responsibility for the breach of White House security in which a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half ...

  • Secret Service head takes responsibility in breach

    7 hours, 51 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson told lawmakers she takes full responsibility for the serious breach of the White House mansion eight days ago. That's when an Army veteran with a knife climbed the fence and made his ...

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